Ice Safety 1-Day Workshop

Hands-on practice—assess ice conditions & rescue yourself and others

For Cost Duration Prerequisites Pre-Course Prep
Those who travel and play on frozen waterways (snowshoe, ski, ice fishing, snowmobile); beginner to experienced $229 1 day No experience needed, 12 years + 30 mins online


The 1-day Ice Safety Workshop (ISW) is a great hands-on intro for groups looking to gain awareness of ice safety—and get experience with:

  • ice assessment
  • self-rescue
  • rescuing others

This workshop is available for groups. If you’re an individual, you can register for one of the 2-day Ice Safety and Rescue (ISR) courses that are open to the public across Canada.

This program is great for groups looking for a day, or even a half-day of learning on the ice. The training is entirely customizable and it’s perfect for:

  • field workers
  • school groups
  • outdoor clubs
  • municipalities
  • winter activity enthusiasts (xc-skiers, skaters, snowshoers, snowmobilers, ice fishers, snowshoers, kite skiers, etc.)
  • corporate team building

Participants will get good awareness of how to assess ice conditions, so, most importantly, they can keep themselves safe by avoiding dangerous situations.

We’ll practice testing ice thickness with different tools that are easy to carry and use.

Everybody will have the opportunity to practice rescuing themselves and others—in the comfort of an insulated ‘immersion suit’.

The training will take place in a controlled setting on a lake, pond, or still river (NO fast current) with professional instructors.

At the end of the session, everybody has the option to get into the water without the immersion suits (but—with a PFD/lifejacket) to practice self-rescuing and controlling breathing.

Every activity throughout the day is ‘challenge by choice’—meaning participants can opt to observe, rather than perform, any of the skills.

NOTE: This is a workshop / experience, not a certification. For international certification, you can join a 2-day Ice Safety and Rescue course, or 3-day Ice Rescue Technician Course

✔ COVID-19 Adapted

All courses are adapted for COVID-19. Read the COVID procedures.


  • Shawn MacDonald Avatar

    Fantastic course! Well organized, thorough and very hands-on. Highly recommended for winter recreationalists and rescue personnel alike.

    Shawn MacDonald 24 Feb 2020
    Tim Irvin Avatar

    positive review  I have taken 4 courses with Boreal River Rescue and highly recommend them. Their instructors are amazing and the courses... read more

    Tim Irvin 27 Oct 2021
    Morgan L Avatar

    I just completed an Ice Safety Workshop with BRR and have previously completed a whitewater rescue course with them as... read more

    Morgan L 06 Jan 2021
  • Trenton Spence Avatar

    I have now completed swift water rescue and ice rescue training with Boreal River. Both courses were completely hands... read more

    Trenton Spence 25 Mar 2021
    Ronald Herodier Avatar

    positive review  This was a very good experience learned some new things on how to do ice water rescue and self rescue... read more

    Ronald Herodier 22 Jan 2020
    Kate McKerlie Avatar

    positive review  Enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructors who will teach and challenge you to apply and practice skills in various scenarios - highly recommended!

    Kate McKerlie 21 Jan 2019
  • Paimei Lew Avatar

    Very useful course if your an outdoor person and or work outside. The course was well prepared, the instructor take... read more

    Paimei Lew 06 Mar 2021
    Calder Patterson Avatar

    positive review  I took the two day ice rescue safety course, the instructors where friendly and knowledgeable and the experience was invaluable... read more

    Calder Patterson 20 Jan 2020
    Robert Riviere Avatar

    positive review  really good instructor with quality equipment.
    lots of scenarios to put things into practice.
    good site selection offering natural open water...
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    Robert Riviere 10 Jan 2021
  • Morag Hutcheson Avatar

    positive review  I recently completed a one-day ice safety workshop with Danny. It was excellent. We learned how to check that... read more

    Morag Hutcheson 20 Dec 2020
    Pascal Bredin Avatar

    positive review  Boreal River is an amazing organisation, with great instructors that are very knowledgeable. Super fun courses 😀

    Pascal Bredin 30 Apr 2019
    Nicolas Roulx Avatar

    positive review  J'ai suivi les cours de Wilderness First Responder et de Ice and Safety Rescue avec Boreal River. En comparant avec... read more

    Nicolas Roulx 23 Jan 2020